WATCH: Richard Hammond’s Crash Course on U.S. Culture for Brits

Richard Hammond in Season 2 of ‘Richard Hammond’s Crash Course’ (Photo: BBC AMERICA)

British host Richard Hammond knows a bit about the U.S.: he has roamed these American frontiers in a quest to master tough jobs for his BBC AMERICA series, Richard Hammond’s Crash Course. But what tips would he give other adventurous spirits who’ve made the leap across the Atlantic? In an interview exclusively for Mind the Gap, we asked him to offer some advice to UK expats. Here’s what he said:

Next, his thoughts on how Britons could benefit from a lengthy stint in America:

Tell us, Brits in America: do you agree with Richard’s observations? How have you benefited from living in the U.S.?

Richard Hammond’s Crash Course Season 2 premieres Monday, October 22 at 10/9c on BBC AMERICA.

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself—he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri—he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.
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  • The Delicious Day

    This gives me so much comfort. I am from the US but have lived in a few different countries in Europe and continue to do so now. I absolutely love it here but I do feel the overall friendliness in the US to strangers is something that Europe could learn from (as there are many things the US can learn from Europe). I have spoken to many Europeans about why they just do not openly smile more at people and their response has usually been along the lines of, ‘When a stranger smiles at you, it does not seem genuine. When a stranger asks you how you are — it does not seem genuine.’ I can appreciate the trueness in their approach but in general I do think there is much more to be gained from freely giving and receiving smiles and niceties to strangers than spending time questioning the motives of kindness. Now on to what the US can learn from Europe…:)

    • gn

      Yup. I’ll take a fake smile over a genuine snarl any day.